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Rocket Scientists Have Feelings Too

One of the best ways to get the attention of a scientist is to challenge the validity of their pet project. Imagine  your employer walking into your office and asking you "how much money would Vandaly Industries save if we eliminated your position?". You'd probably feel a tiny bit threatened. That's what happened when NASA Administrator, Mike Griffin was asked by the Obama transition team how much money could be saved by canceling his Ares 1 rocket program.

When team members arrived three weeks ago, they asked the agency, among other things, to quantify how much could be saved by canceling Ares I. Though they also asked what it would take to accelerate the program, the fact that the team could even consider scrapping the program was enough to spur Griffin and his supporters into action.

Rocket scientists have feelings too.

Griffin hasn't taken kindly to an examination of his project by people who might not fully understand the gory details... If you are looking under the hood, then you are calling me a liar, because it means you don’t trust what I say is under the hood.

If Hillary Clinton can get a job in the Obama administration, you'd think that a good science project would have a decent chance of surviving. All they need to do is add the words like "green and energy efficiency" into their budget proposals and the money will flow.